Congratulations to our GM members at Locals 598, 2209, and 5960 for earning top J.D. Power Awards!

J.D. Power Names Fort Wayne Assembly Highest Quality in the Americas:

General Motors Fort Wayne Truck Assembly plant earned the prestigious J.D. Power Gold Plant Quality Award and was recognized as delivering the highest-ranked automotive manufacturing quality in the Americas in 2017. The Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD and GMC Sierra and Sierra HD are produced at Fort Wayne Assembly.

“Our team builds the most exceptional full-size trucks in the business, assembling each vehicle as if it were our very own,” said Michael Thomas, Fort Wayne Assembly plant manager. “The men and women at Fort Wayne Assembly put the customer at the center of everything they do. Our customers can be assured that they have invested in a truck that will both delight and safely transport them and their loved ones for years.”

In addition to the plant quality award, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and Silverado HD earned Initial Quality segment awards. This marks the third consecutive year for Silverado and second consecutive year for Silverado HD.


GM Wins Four Segment Awards:

GM also won four vehicle awards, the second most of any corporation (tied with BMW). GM’s models received four segment awards for the Chevrolet Sonic built in Lake Orion, MI by members of Local 5960 and the Chevrolet Light and Heavy-Duty Pick-ups built in Flint, MI and Fort Wayne, IN by Local 598 and 2209 members.


In addition to those prestigious awards GM also has 11 models in the top ranking with Buick and Chevrolet both ranked in the top 10 in this year’s J.D. Power in the 2017 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.


Congratulation’s to all our UAW-GM members and parts and components suppliers that helped contribute to this. Again our members have shown that are always committed to building high quality and dependable vehicles!

Important Apprenticeship Application Dates for GM Members


APPLICATION OPENS: 12:01 am EDT Friday, June 23, 2017

APPLICATION CLOSES: Midnight EDT Friday, June 30, 2017


The UAW / GM skilled trades include occupations in the following areas; Electrical, Mechanical and Engineering / Die Making trades.  More information on the trades is available during the application process.

As with all US-DOL registered apprenticeship training programs, the apprentice will enroll in, and complete required classroom training curriculum outlined by their local joint apprentice committee. To complete the apprenticeship requires approximately four (4) years of on the job training along with classroom courses. The blend of on the job training and classroom will vary by trade.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible for consideration, you must complete your application by Midnight EDT, Friday, June 30, 2017. NO Applications will be considered after this date. You must complete all steps in the application and receive a confirmation message to be considered.


  1. You must be an active GM member (i.e., permanent, temporary, flex) to apply. Not everyone will be tested. National Parties will determine who is invited based on a random drawing.
  2. If you previously applied AND tested, you DO NOT need to reapply, but may revisit your existing application to update your locations.
  3. If you never tested, you must complete a NEW application. (Existing applications without test scores will be deleted).
  4. If you tested BEFORE 2016 and DID NOT apply, you must complete a NEW application
  5. Seniority GM Employees are eligible to test two times. The higher test score will be used.
  6. Non-seniority applicants are eligible to test ONLY once.
  7. ALL parts of the application must be completed to be considered:
  • Contact information
  • Basic qualifications
  • Review Apprentice Preview website and answer knowledge check questions
  • Additional information (e.g. education, experience)

You will receive an online confirmation message upon successful completion.

  1. Do NOT complete application on mobile / cell phone.
  2. Not everyone will interview. A limited number of applicants who meet the test threshold will be selected for interview.


To create or update your application go to: 



GM Pharmacy Benefit Transitions to CVS Caremark

Effective August 1, 2017, GM’s Health Care Program in the U.S. will transition from Express Scripts to CVS Caremark for prescription drug management.

Why the change?
Health care costs continue to rise throughout the U.S. and prescription drug spending is the fastest-growing portion of those costs. Any increase in health care costs directly impacts you and the company. GM regularly reviews its benefits and benefit providers to ensure access to high-quality, efficient care. CVS Caremark was selected because it offers the most competitive pricing and exceptional customer experience. An improved experience is our shared goal.
Key Highlights:

  • Your benefit design remains the same.
  • You will continue to have access to a broad pharmacy network. There are more than 68,000 in-network pharmacies nationwide, including independent pharmacies, chain pharmacies, and 9,600 CVS pharmacy locations.


  • You will have a new option to fill a 90-day prescription from a CVS retail pharmacy, in addition to standard mail order. The “mail order” cost share will apply.
  • You can receive up to a 20% discount on thousands of CVS Pharmacy brand health-related items once you receive your discount card in early September.

What’s Next: 

  • In early July you will be receiving a welcome letter from CVS Caremark, including the new website and phone number. At that time, you’ll be able to find answers to your specific pharmacy questions.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) will be mailing new ID cards in mid to late July. The cards will have the pharmacy information and CVS Caremark phone number.

How to Prepare:

  • Watch your mail in July for the welcome letter from CVS Caremark followed by your new health care card from BCBSM.
  • Be prepared to show your new BCBSM card at the pharmacy beginning August 1, 2017.

We understand that your prescription drug benefit is very important to you and we are committed to make this transition a smooth one.

If you have any questions, please contact the GM Benefits & Services Center at 1-800-489-4646, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, to speak with a Customer Service Associate or see your Local Union Benefit Representative.

Please look for the following postcard to come in the mail: 

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2017 Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment


The payment of the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment (Paragraph (99)(a)) will be paid to eligible members in Roll 23 (week ending June 4, 2017) and distributed during week ending June 11, 2017.


The eligibility date for this payment is May 15, 2017. Members who were active, on FMLA, or temporary layoff on May 15, 2017, or went on a qualifying Leave of Absence within 90 days of May 15, 2017, are defined as eligible. Such eligible members shall receive a Lump Sum Payment of $1,000.

Eligibility for Partial Payment

Otherwise eligible members who retired or passed away during the twelve (12) month period prior to May 15, 2017 may be eligible for a partial payment (Paragraph (99)(b)). The payment schedule for deceased or retired members will be based on the following table:


Overtime Recalculation Payment 

The Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) dictates an overtime recalculation for the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment. The FLSA requires such bonuses to be rolled into the FLSA “regular rate” for the purpose of calculating overtime payments. The basic premise of the FLSA is that hours WORKED over 40.0 in a week must be paid at a minimum of time and one-half. When awards are based on a percentage of defined wages, this isn’t an issue because overtime payments are included in the definition. The Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment is not based on a percentage of wages, so a portion of the bonus must be attributed to each hour worked to calculate overtime due to members.  

The overtime recalculation payment will be paid to eligible employees in Roll 24 (week ending June 11, 2017), and distributed during week ending June 18, 2017. Overtime recalculation payments tend to cause questions among the membership because the amounts paid to members vary, depending on the number of hours in excess of 40.0 the member worked each week, during the qualifying eligibility period (May 16, 2016 through May 15, 2017).    

If you have any questions concerning the Performance Bonus Lump Sum Payment, please contact your Local Union Representative.